Chicago’s Loop, also known to many as downtown Chicago, lies to the East of the Chicago River, and north or Congress Parkway. With the historic Michigan Avenue outlining the neighborhood’s eastern side, it’s no wonder that many of Chicago’s tourists are drawn there. The Loop is also home to Chicago’s former Marshall Field’s Department store, which is now the Macy’s on State Street. Additionally, the original Sullivan Center Carson Prairie Scott, and the Sears on State reside in the Loop. For all those hungry shoppers, there’s no question that numerous restaurants accompany the shops. Countless restaurants can be found anywhere throughout the Loop, from fast food to fine dining. Additionally, theater is popular throughout the Loop. With many impressive theatres such as Goodman Theatre, the Chicago Theatre, Bank of America Theatre, and the Harris Theatre, the Chicago Theater District is thriving. The Loop also includes the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Art is also expressed through sculpture throughout the Loop. Sculptures in the Loop include, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Henry Moore, Marc Chagall, Alexander Calder, and Jean Dubuffet. Finally art is reflected through the Art Institute of Chicago, located on Michigan Avenue. The museum contains art from many different genres and styles. The Loop is also home to schools such as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Roosevelt University.
Although some complain that nightlife does not exist in the Loop and the entire neighborhood shuts down after happy hour, this is nothing more than a misconception. With the numerous bars and roof top venues throughout the Loop, there are viable options to keep the party going! The Chicago Loop also has many other components that make it a unique part of the city. The Loop also includes the Chicago Board of Trade Building, a national historic landmark, and the Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower. This building is infamous because it is the tallest building in the United States. In addition to all of the large buildings and city living, the Loop includes the popular Grant Park. Grant Park hosts many of Chicago’s most famous festivals such as the two week long Taste of Chicago, Blues Fest, Lollapalooza, and much more. Grant Park is the home of the Buckingham Fountain, which can be seen passing on Lakeshore Drive, the Petrillo Bandshell, and the Grant Park Symphony. The Grant Park Symphony performs free concerts which can be enjoyed by residents and visitors throughout the summer. The Loop’s other main attraction, and newest addition is Millennium Park, finished in 2004. Millennium Park has much to see and do; specifically the park features the McCormick Tribune Ice Skating Rink, the Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance, and the extremely popular “bean.”
Even though the Loop only offers high rises as an option for housing, there is no question if room is available. High rise condominiums and apartments are luxurious and perfect for those who desire to be close to their work.
Transportation in the Loop is the easiest to find in the entire city. Five train lines, along with several buses run through the Loop. Not to mention the numerous Metra stations located throughout the Loop. With all of these options, the Loop allows easy transportation throughout the city and the suburbs.